From Corrections to Community: Transforming Reentry


Monday, August 19, 2019
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Every year more than 600,000 individuals return to our communities after serving a period of incarceration. The success of their return is far-reaching and directly impacts community safety. Corrections agencies and probation departments recognize that offenders who do not receive effective reentry planning are at greater risk of returning to cycles of violence, poverty, victimization, and recidivism. This workshop will examine the specific and unique needs and risks of this population and explore the importance of reentry planning through collaborative relationships, community engagement, and dedicated, invested officers. Participants will get an in depth look at the emotional, financial, and physical challenges a newly released individual faces and the specific program design the Maricopa County Adult Probation Reentry Program uses to help meet these needs.


Melissa Boudreau
Supervisor, Maricopa County Adult Probation

Melissa Boudreau, B.A., is a probation supervisor for the DOC Reentry Pre-Release Unit with Maricopa County. She has nearly twenty years of experience in community corrections, seven as a supervisor. She has worked in standard, unsupervised and intensive probation supervision.

Mrs. Jennifer Dzezinski
Adult Probation Officer Supervisor,

Jennifer Dzezinski, B.S., is an adult probation supervisor in Maricopa County. She oversees a specialized DOC Reentry Unit. Jennifer has over 14 years of experience working within the criminal justice field. She has been a probation officer in both the state of Pennsylvania and Arizona, and has supervised the DUI Intermediate Punishment Program (PA) and Drug Court (AZ).

April Powell
Adult Probation Supervisor, Community Reentry, Maricopa County Adult Probation

April Powell , B.S., M.S., is an adult probation supervisor in Maricopa County. She oversees a specialized DOC Reentry unit. April has over 14 years of law enforcement and behavioral health experience. She has held a position as a specialized mental health officer for both Juveniles and Adults and has been a supervisor with her current department for 6 years.